Legal Aid Alberta may provide representation for the following areas of family and civil law:
- custody, access, parenting orders, contact orders;
- child maintenance (child support);
- child protection/child welfare;
- representation of children;
- grandparent contact orders; and
- Hague Convention applications (a method to return a child internationally abducted by a parent from one member country to another).
- spousal support;
- separation and divorce; and
- matrimonial property disputes.
When you contact Legal Aid Alberta's Legal Services Centre, an assessment will be completed to determine the best service option for your legal issue. If your legal issue is eligible to receive the services of a lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta may appoint a lawyer from the private bar or from its Family Law Office. These lawyers specialize in family law matters. If your issue is not within the services covered, the Legal Services Centre may have information or referrals that will assist in resolving your issue.
With Family law practicioners located in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin, Legal Aid Alberta specializes in assisting clients who have a family law legal problem and who have been referred through the Legal Services Centre.
Once a Legal Aid Alberta lawyer is appointed, clients may be offered the assistance of Family Resource Facilitators. These individuals work as part of a legal team to provide services to clients engaged in family law related matters. Family Resource Facilitators help clients to address personal problems by identifying options and developing strategies to cope with their issues. They also help ensure the client understands the legal process for their matter and what is expected of them. Under the direction of a client's lawyer, this may include:
- crisis intervention;
- information; and/or